... Be too self-respecting to lavish the love of the whole heart, soul, and strength, where such a gift is not wanted and would be despised.
When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should—so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again.
As much good-will may be conveyed in one hearty word as in many.
There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
The look was far worse to resist than the frantic strain.
The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.
To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company.
For never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love.
Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour.
A man is nothing without a spice of the devil in him.
Reserved people often really need the frank discussion of their sentiments and griefs more than the expansive. The sternest-seeming stoic is human after all; and to “burst” with boldness and good-will into “the silent sea” of their souls is often to confer on them the first of obligations.
I had a theoretical reverence and homage for beauty, elegance, gallantry, fascination; but had I met those qualities incarnate in masculine shape, I should have known instinctively that they neither had nor could have sympathy with anything in me, and should have shunned them as one would fire, lightning, or anything else that is bright but antipathetic.
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
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